Term One was a shorter week than normal, being only nine weeks; however, in true Somerset style, we took on the challenge to continue with our normal Term One events even though we had one week less to prepare for them all!
The final week of term started with the premiere of our Junior School Musical, Shrek Jnr on Sunday 20 March. For the previous eight weeks, staff and students worked extremely hard learning lines, developing routines, blocking on stage and getting costumes right. 102 students chose to join the cast this year, either as an on-stage performer or backstage. We were also extremely fortunate to have a number of Senior School students assist with choreography, make up and backstage as well. Those students who took on major roles, such as Shrek (Oli Whale), Fiona (Karma Bathols), Donkey (Ethan Carkazis) and Lord Farquard (Geraint Evans) performed exceptionally well over the three performances on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Watching the curtain open and seeing the smiling faces, listening to the beautiful voices and seeing the colour of the set and costumes was amazing and certainly will not be forgotten by those who attended the musical. I would like to thank all staff who gave their time over the three nights but also acknowledge the team of six staff who worked tirelessly over the term – Mrs Jennifer George (Director), Miss Melissa Black (Musical Director), Ms Sara Rosentreter (Assistant Director and Choreography), Mrs Brigitte Weintrop (Choreography), Ms Rebecca Mills (Costumes) and Mrs Danielle Swainson (Make-Up). Without this group of dedicated staff our students would not have the opportunity to participate in such a fantastic event!
As students and staff came down from their high from the final performance on Wednesday evening, we headed back to school on Thursday morning, preparing to welcome around 500 grandparents and special friends to the College. Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is always a highlight of the Junior School calendar and this year was certainly no different. Our visitors were entertained on arrival by the Senior School Show Choir, under the direction of our Director of Music, Mrs Sue Roberts. Every child from Pre-Prep to Year 6 then made their way onto the stage in The Great Hall to entertain the group with a special song, chosen and rehearsed by our Music teachers, Miss Melissa Black and Mr Mario Keczan. As always, our visitors laughed at Mr Taylor’s jokes at the right time – he is still hoping for some additional jokes for next year’s concert! After the concert and morning tea, students then welcomed their grandparents or special friends into the classrooms before our guests left at 12.30pm.
We welcomed visitors from near and far this year – the Gold Coast, Brisbane and interstate. We also had visitors from New York, Italy, England, Russia and Turkey. The fact that so many come from so far is a testament to how special this day is, not only for the students and staff but also for members of these students’ immediate and extended families. I look forward to seeing many of these people again next year in 2017 – the last day of Term One!
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